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GPB News Round-Up - Friday, February 14, 2019

Students: Remove White Supremacist's Name From Grady High School


Students at an Atlanta high school want to rename their school because its namesake was a 19th century newspaper editor who endorsed white supremacy.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports students at Henry W. Grady High School submitted a petition to the school board on Feb. 3 requesting a name change for the school.

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Georgia’s Largest County Encourages Early Voting With Record Turnout Expected In 2020

As election workers across the state begin final preparations for the new ballot-marking device system being used for the March 24 presidential primary election, Fulton County officials say early voting will be a key factor in preventing long lines.

Fulton County Elections Director Rick Barron said Wednesday the county will receive the final shipments of its ballot-marking devices by the end of this week and begin logic and accuracy testing on Monday.

Read more from GPB's Stephen Fowler here.


Mark McDonough resigned Thursday, Feb. 13 as public safety commissioner after Gov. Brian Kemp asked for his resignation. GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Georgia Public Safety Commissioner Resigns After Cheating Scandal

Gov. Brian Kemp asked the state's public safety commissioner to resign after a rocky few months for the agency that oversees the Georgia State Patrol and Capitol Police Division. 

The Board of Public Safety accepted the resignation of Mark McDonough Thursday. McDonough was appointed to this role by then-Gov. Nathan Deal in 2011 and had been with the department since 1995. 

Last month, McDonough announced the Department of Public Safety fired an entire class of Georgia State Patrol Troopers wrapped up in a cheating scandal on an important exam.

Read more from GPB's Stephen Fowler here.

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